Profile: Andrea Bejarano Carbó
Course: MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Year 3)
What inspired you to become an engineer?
I have always wanted to be able to tackle large global issues and be constantly challenged by my field of study to be innovative and creative. Studying an engineering degree equips you with the tools to be able to do this and really make an impact. I first became interested in designing renewable energy systems, and as I delved further into my field of study I realised that every social, political, environmental and economic issue can be connected to an engineering project in some way. I find all the possibilities available to you as an engineer truly exciting.
Why did you choose to study your engineering course at the University of Bristol?
I wanted to study Electrical and Electronic at the University of Bristol because of all of the great opportunities available to undergraduates. The Faculty really supports students’ interests and future career plans by setting up programmes, such as the Industrial Mentoring Scheme, and lectures that allow us to get create links with industry and get some real insight on all the different career paths are that available to us after graduation. Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bristol also stands out as there is an even balance between practical and theoretical learning, which really prepares you for the real challenges of working in industry.
What are the best things about studying your specific course at Bristol?
The best thing about studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bristol is the amount of practical projects we do, which allow us to implement all of the theoretical knowledge we have obtained in class. For instance, during your second year you will have to design, build and test a switched-mode power supply and a wireless and wired MODEM, among many other labs. My third year project will be creating a machine that autonomously solves a Rubik’s cube by optically examining it and then using an algorithm and actuators to correctly manipulate it. We also get a lot of support during our projects and modules from postgraduate students and lecturers, so you always feel like you can get the most out of any learning experience.
How do you think your degree will support your future career plans?
My degree at Bristol has placed lots of emphasis on technical and employability skills that are required to succeed in industry, such as project management, leadership and communication skills. The laboratory and research-based projects that we do every year, such as creating a design on a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) that communicates with a data source to process information, allow you to develop these aptitudes and explore many areas of electrical and electronic engineering so that you feel confident and prepared going into any field of interest in the future. The Faculty also runs a lot of outreach events, which are a great opportunity to find out about different areas in engineering through doing interdisciplinary projects and meeting like-minded people. Furthermore, the University of Bristol runs the Bristol Plus Award scheme, which allows students to further develop their employability skills outside of class through lectures, work experience and workshops.
How do you think Engineers can make a difference to the world?
Engineers have the tools and power to make a huge impact on the world. Everything that is man-made around us has had some input from an engineer in either the design, manufacturing, testing or implementation stage. In essence, our job is to engineer solutions to problems in our immediate community or globally. With the right skills, experience and knowledge, engineers can do this as well as inspire and lay the foundations for the next generation of development and research.
What would you say to someone who is considering studying your course at the University of Bristol?
Electrical and Electronic Engineering is the most innovative and quickly advancing field of engineering. As it is present in all major industrial sectors, such as communications, transport, energy management and healthcare, everything you study is not only relevant now but will become increasingly so in the future. The University of Bristol is always at the forefront of research, so it is a great learning environment and place to grow as an engineer and individual.